What began as a simple covered picnic area wound up as a Thai-inspired garden retreat, giving HGTV fan kimsplay additional privacy in the yard and a place to put Thai furniture and art pieces collected during many trips abroad.
This courtyard uses classic Japanese style to exaggerate perspective, creating the illusion of a much larger space. The plants provide a backdrop for the statue and the pathways, rather than acting as a focal point themselves.
A canopy of soothing green bamboo leaves hangs over an outdoor shower area with hardwood ipe flooring. A Buddha sculpture enhances this outdoor area's calming ambiance, creating a tranquil escape from the surrounding bustle of New York City's Soho district.
Even the exterior of this elegant home has a touch of Asian inspiration. The pitch of the roof mirrors that of traditional Asian homes; however, designers modernized the idea a bit by using metal roofing rather than a more traditional roofing material to make this home durable and timeless.
A round, teal-painted dining table with coordinating chairs has been placed on an outdoor deck, which also features a forest green bench, three bright colored pillows, a Buddha statue and a thriving garden of flowering plants, trees, and ornamental grasses.
The homeowner's private collection of bonsai trees inspired designer Bea Pila to designate a special place for a zen garden. A trickling water fountain adds to the sensory experience. An occasional bench provides the option for seated meditation.
Greenscape Provides Extra Privacy for Rooftop Terrace
The homeowner desired to add a forest element to his otherwise modern home, so designers added a greenscape with perimeter screening to help keep the rooftop as private as possible. Bold hued, stylish furniture was chosen for this space to add comfort as well as aesthetic, while designers used white paving to reflect the sunlight and help keep heat off the rooftop terrace.
This beautiful master bedroom suite wraps around an interior courtyard accessed by large sliding glass doors. The roof of the courtyard is a large skylight that fills the space with sunlight during the day. A suspended fireplace was positioned so that it can be seen from much of the suite.
Serene Asian-Inspired Outdoor Space in New York City
A variety of paving materials, including limestone, ipe wood and blue beach stones, were used to fill the ground space in this New York City backyard, adding a sense of serenity and flow to an otherwise small and elongated area.
Natural boulders and rocks were worked into the design of this Asian-inspired front yard. Ornamental grasses, pieris Japonica, loropetalum and other low-maintenace plants fit with the garden's Zen feel while being easy to care for so the homeowners can maintain the garden's simple appeal.